Project Anchor- for adolescent victims of abuse

by Fair Haven Center for Women, Inc.
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Anchor Group

We currently still do not have an Anchor cohort at this time. In the last update we mentioned an exciting opportunity that might materialize in the near future. We wish we could alleviate your burden of curiosity and give you more details about the above mentioned opportunity. Unfortunately, we still do not have any specific information to relay. We are hoping to learn more soon (trust us…we are on the edge of our seats to know more too!)

Individual Sessions

We continue to see our young adolescent clients on an individual basis and are consistently receiving more referrals regularly. We enjoy using interactive activities like games, art, and music and providing a safe and unique way for our young ladies to express their emotions. Plus, we find that they, too, appreciate and respond well to these activities.

Navigate Trainings

The Navigate trainings continue to be received well in the community high schools and churches. Furthermore, there have been some instances where we have been contacted after the trainings for additional services. While it breaks our hearts, we could not be more pleased to be able to help these young courageous souls who have come forward to share their stories with us.

Needs

It is our goal to be able to provide the best care in order to effectively meet the needs of our special young clients.  

As the demand for the Anchor program grows we are still hopeful to one day add staff members and volunteers to our Anchor team. Additionally, we are looking for used women’s magazines to utilize for our collaging and other art activities.

As always, we want to thank you, on behalf of the staff and participants of Project Anchor, for your generous support of our program and our mission to help the hurting youth in our community.

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Affirmation Cards
Affirmation Cards

Updates

Anchor Group

We currently do not have an Anchor group in session. However, we have created some new goals and possibly have some exciting opportunities coming up in terms of how we are going to implement this program in the near future. We are looking forward to telling you more about it as everything continues to unfold.

Individual Sessions

We continue to see our young adolescent clients on an individual basis and are consistently receiving more referrals regularly. We still enjoy using interactive activities like games, art, and music to encourage these clients and give them the freedom to express their emotions.

Navigate Trainings

We had one Navigate training in this quarter. We presented the training in a local high school and had forty-seven students participate. We have another training scheduled in May and hope to have the opportunity to impact even more students.

Needs

Since Project Anchor continues to flourish in our community, there is a large necessity and desire to be able to multiply our Anchor staff in order to effectively meet the needs of our clients. We are grateful that our community recognizes how beneficial this program is for our adolescents, and we want to do everything we can to make sure that we can continue to offer our services to these special young women.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and we are holding our annual Walk in the Park fundraiser. We are really hoping that this will be our biggest community event yet and are hoping to reach out to some of the youth that show up that day as well.

As always, we want to thank you, on behalf of the staff and participants of Project Anchor, for your generous support of our program and our mission to help the hurting youth in our community.

Staff Member Shana loves to paint!!
Staff Member Shana loves to paint!!

Updates

We are preparing for our first Project Anchor cohort of the year. We are excited to work with our next group of courageous young women.

The room where we implement our Anchor program is getting a new coat of paint and a fresh look. It is our hope that the space will become less clinical and more inviting and will encourage our participants to feel inspired and hopeful about their recovery journey.

Navigate Trainings

We have been promoting the Navigate program with local churches and high schools, and hope to have the opportunity to present in all of the local high schools. Recently, we held two Navigate trainings in December 2015. The first one was presented at a local community high school. The second training was presented to an area church youth group. We have a training scheduled in February with another church youth group. We’re so grateful for the chance to be able to educate our young people about rape culture, the power that they hold to help their peers, and the essential role that they play in the battle to eradicate sexual assault in our community.

As always, we want to thank you, on behalf of the staff and participants of Project Anchor, for your generous support of our program and our mission to help the hurting youth in our community.

I leave you with a testimony written by one of our previous Project Anchor participants (and used with permission)

"What breaks in a moment may take years to mend”

(Swedish Proverb)

This quote could not have been phrased any better. After I finally got out of my abusive situation I had so many feelings and I was so confused I shut myself out of the world and out of my own mind. I became abusive to myself because I thought that’s what I deserved. I didn’t know how to function in everyday life. It became harder and harder for me to go through every day. I didn’t trust anyone enough to actually listen to their advice because I had a mindset of everyone will hurt me. When I felt myself building friendships I pushed those friends away and I didn’t let anyone near my heart. I hated myself and blamed everything on me. After a long tie of pushing people away and not trusting anyone I was lonely. I was convinced on what the abuser would tell me that nothing else was the fact. I ended up coming to the anchor program. I wasn’t thrilled to come and talk to people I barely knew about my abuse. But I decided it is better to talk about it instead of running away.

I never thought it would be this hard because nothing comes easy it’s up to me to work towards having a healthy life. The group topics at times were hard and sent me home feeling upset, but I realized that it’s better to be upset for a couple of hours instead of not get the help, and be fearful, not trust anyone, blame myself and be a wreck for the rest of my life. When it all comes down to it, life is hard and there is no easy way out of anything especially feelings, memories, and the list goes on and on. Fair Haven isn’t just a place to express how you feel or get help with your feelings. For me it was a trustworthy place for me to discuss my biggest fears, my feelings, memories, and the list goes on. I am really thankful to have had this opportunity to be in the Anchor program. So I want to say THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who helped me through this.

So the point of the quote above and the brief history about my life was that it takes a while to learn how to cope and find your place in this world without being fearful, being able to trust and finding ways to cope but eventually you will. I’m not saying that after this program I won’t have days that I will feel upset and down but since I’ve been in this program I will be able to cope with it and use the skills that I have learned to help me so I don’t spiral out. If I had to recommend someone to get help with abuse I would definitely recommend Fair Haven to help learn ways and go through the program.

 

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Aspen's first day at the office

Meet Aspen, a Great Pyrenees/Retriever and the newest member of our team! Aspen, who has been coming to work with her handler, abd our Executive Director, since she was just a 9 weeks old pup!  Now 8 months old, she adores both people and dog treats! 

Introducing Aspen to our program will afford our clients so much more than other traditional modalities.Therapy Dogs create a healing and nurturing environment for those impacted by violence.  Some benefits recognized are:

  • Through their own zest for life, Therapy Dogs help people maintain a positive attitude.
  • Individuals "need to be needed " and "to touch and be touched."  Therapy dogs allows a victim who may be struggling with vulnerability to accept unconditional affection.
  • Therapy Dog can love without prejudice and they eliminate any language barrier.
  • Therapy Dogs are an antidote to depression and an easy pill to take!

In addition to supporting clients, Aspen will be engaging the general public and education children (and adults) through our anti-violence campagine "Paws Off!" Visiting schools and attending community events, Aspen will carry the positive message of mutual respect and compassion for others.

We are very excited to see how the addition of a Therapy Dog will benefit our clients and our community! 

Aspen hard at work (and some play)
Aspen hard at work (and some play)
A hard day deserves a nap :)
A hard day deserves a nap :)
Aspen waiting patiently for a command
Aspen waiting patiently for a command
Aspen
Aspen's first public appearance
Working for love
Working for love

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Updates

We held our last cohort celebration in September for our Anchor program for the 2015 season. Since, this particular cohort consisted primarily of recent sexual assault victims; we were focusing on helping these courageous young women assimilate back into their daily life routines.

Working Together to Make a Difference

According to a report issued by the Centers of Disease Control in 2010, Indiana was rated 2nd in the nation between 9th-12th graders who reported forced sexual intercourse. As a response to this alarming statistic, the staff of the Anchor program is partnering together with our Rape Response program:Beacon of Hope. 

Beacon of Hope is a program designed to walk with victims of sexual assault. A trained advocate supports victims at the hospital for an exam or at any police interviews they need to do. Additionally, the program offers supportive counseling at Fair Haven Center for Women for further recovery.

In 2016 our collaborated team will provide a community training presentation geared toward adolescents.The training (referred to as Navigate) will focus on educating teens about healthy relationships, sexual abuse, sexual assault, how to prevent becoming a victim, and empowering survivors. It is our hope at Fair Haven that this training will not only educate the youth in our community about the realities and prevalence of sexual assault, but might also encourage survivors to courageously seek out help as well.

As always we want to thank you, on behalf of the staff and participants of Project Anchor, for your generous support of our program and our mission to help the hurting youth in our community.

Choose the Right Steps
Choose the Right Steps
 

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Fair Haven Center for Women, Inc.

Location: Highland, Indiana - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.asafeport.org
Project Leader:
Kelly Vates
Highland, Indiana United States
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